And thanks for the invitation.
No, I don't think this can be Arajaki.
Please note that he's witnessed with Al Shehhi and especially he is recognized on a photo shown by a FBI agent before Atta's photo was in the news.
Also: He was again witnessed drinking the evening in Sarasota which of course contradicts the Baltimore story as well.
He was witnessed by the bartender and a waitress. Hopsicker tried to interview them but didn't manage to find them anymore.
here is what I've got in the timeline on this event:September 7, 2001 afternoon:
Many accounts report that he was drinking with Alshehhi in Shuckums (Hollywood).
“Last Friday night Atta, Al-Shehhi and a third man spent hours drinking”.http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?p...5¬Found=true
The duration of the drinking:
“almost four hours”
„Last Friday night, Atta, Shehhi and an unidentified man spent 3 1/2 hours
at a sports bar”http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?p...3¬Found=true
„The Friday night before the attacks, Atta and two other men -- one of them another suspected hijacker, Marwan Al-Shehhi – spent 3 1/2 hours
at a sports bar in Hollywood, Fla., called Shuckums”http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?p...1¬Found=true
„Tony Amos, the manager of Shuckums Oyster Bar and Restaurant in Hollywood, just north of Miami, was interviewed by the FBI and he and his barman and a waitress all identified Atta and his cousin as some hard drinkers who propped up the bar last Friday.
Atta's bill for three hours of vodka drinking
came to $48 (£33).”http://web.archive.org/web/20040117041407/...14/whunt114.xml
“Atta kept to himself, drinking cranberry juice and playing a video game. For three hours
, his two companions knocked back Russian Vodka and orange juice, got loud and griped about the chicken wings.”
“On Friday evening, Amos said Atta and the other man came into the Shuckums. The pair had been in the restaurant several times before, Amos said. This time, they were there from about 4:30 p.m. until about 7 p.m.
"My bartender said, 'These guys are giving me a hard time,' " Amos recalled yesterday. "I thought, 'Okay, here we go.' I was talking to the big guy, going back and forth. I said, 'Is there a money issue? Do you have enough money to pay the bill?' The guy arrogantly replied, 'I'm an airline pilot. Of course, I have the money.'”http://www.sptimes.com/2002/09/01/911/Flor...ror_s_lau.shtmlComment: Strange that he describes Atta with his official 5-feet-8 as “the big guy”
“On September 7, at about 3pm
, Atta and Al Shehhi went with another man to Shuckums bar in Hollywood, Florida. The man went off to play a video machine, while Atta and Al Shehhi ordered the first of five rounds of Stolichnaya vodka with orange juice (for Atta) and Captain Morgan with Coke (for Al Shehhi). After 90 minutes, they were ready to leave
, but argued over the $ 48 bill.”
(Daily Mail, 9/16/01)
"We all were able to recognize both gentlemen," Amos said. The men visited the restaurant from about 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday
, and seemed drunk and unruly, he said.
Beginning of the drinking:
About 3 p.m.
(Daily Mail, 9/16/01)
One account specify that the alleged hijackers and their unknown friend left at
7 p.m.http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?p...2¬Found=trueComment I: The drinking in Shuckums which has been witnessed by several people who have beeen intervieyed by the FBI on September 12 is in clear and 100% contradiction to the official claim that Atta fley on 3.15 p.m. To Baltimore.
Comment II: Please note: According to Daniel Hopsicker Shuckum’s manager Tony Amos and bartender Patricia Idrissi don’t work in the bar anymore and have disappeared. Hopsicker was unable to find them.
http://www.madcowprod.com/05192005.html September 7, 2001 evening:
Atta stayed at the Holiday Inn (Sarasota)
. Perhaps meeting Al Shehhi.
“Atta left the bar after another Middle Eastern man arrived, Sievers said. When the FBI released Atta’s picture Sept. 27, Sievers called the FBI and told authorities what she saw, she told Longboat Key police.
Local police left the investigation at that, but a waiter at the Holiday Inn said Atta did not go far from the bar.
The waiter, Frank Boyal, said Atta and his companion had the hotel’s $18.95 “Surf and Turf” buffet on Sept. 7. “They were just here. I remember the face.”
Boyal said he was struck by the two men’s lack of appetite. The pair only picked at the buffet, Boyal remembered.
Boyal didn’t overhear the two men’s conversation, because it was a busy night and he was “running around like a chicken with its head cut off,” he said. Although he knew Sievers had spoken with the authorities about the sighting, Boyal chose not to mention it to anyone, he said.”http://www.longboatobserver.com/showarticle.asp?ai=2172